Room to shelter on Duncastle Rd

After more than a year of waiting the residents who live adjacent to Duncastle Road in Newbuildings now have proper shelter from the elements.

A new shelter has been installed next to the existing facility, affording more space for those who regularly find themselves waiting on public transport.

According to Alderman Maurice Devenney, he was approached by residents nearly a year-and-a-half ago, when his attention was drawn to the inadequate facilities.

“I am happy to say that we now have an extra bus shelter there. I also made representations to have the existing shelter left in situ so that it could take the overspill, and it is my intention to pursue the provision of a second new shelter at which time the existing one can be removed. I am hopeful that this will be delivered in the spring, or when one becomes available,” he said.

“There is a large number of elderly people living in that area who are totally reliant on public transport to get about, and they need shelters equipped with adequate space and shelter overhead while they are waiting for a bus,” he said, adding: “I am grateful to the authorities for providing the new shelter and, like the residents of the village, I am looking forward to the old shelter finally being taken away once a second new shelter is available.”